National guidelines for Nigeria to reduce neonatal mortality

The National Guidelines for Newborn Care1,2,3 by the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria are available. Dr Osagie Ehanire , MD, FWACS, Honourable Minister for Health explains that these guidelines are  a tool to support achievement of reduction of neonatal mortality.

The guidelines is to standardize neonatal care in the nation’s basic1, primary2, and secondary&tertiary care institutions3 where newborn care services are provided. Some of the topics addressed in the guidelines include but not limited to:

  • Parenteral nutrition
  • Enteral nutrition
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Neonatal haematologic conditions
  • Stabilization, referral and transport of the sick newborn
  • Thermoregulation and Kangaroo mothercare

Newborn guidelines can now be downloaded from the FMoH website:

References

  1. Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Operational Guidelines. November 2021, first edition.
  2. Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria. National Guidelines for Basic Newborn Care. November 2021, first edition.
  3. Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria. National Guidelines for Comprehensive Newborn Care. November 2021, first edition.